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    Convert Hard Drive to FAT32

    I want to play videos from my hardrive through my DVD player.

    The hard drive I have is hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…13/

    I found out the DVD will only recognise if it is formatted as FAT32.
    The hard drive is partitioned into 3 parts but each one is NTFS, when I right click on the last partiton then Format the only options it is giving me are NTFS and exFAT is that the same as FAT32.

    On the site regarding my DVD it says:

    1.Make sure it has an external power connection, it must be powered externally before connecting to the player
    2.Drive must be formatted as FAT32 (see formatters below!)
    3.FAT32 partition must be primary.

    Windows can't format a drive larger than 32GB as FAT32

    As my 3 partitions are currently approx 500gb and 2 at 250GB would it be best to partiton the last one into 32GB partitions

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    Original Poster

    Thanks.

    On the link you sent the screenshot says allocation unit size 4096, but when I opened the software and clicked the drive letter that I want to format it recognises it as 239GB but its set to 32768(allocation Unit size).

    Whats the best to set it at it goes up to 65536 or is it best to have it set at the 4096 as in the initial screenshot.

    Also as most of the files I have converted are FLV music files is it best to convert them to AVIs or VOBS or maybe something else

    DVD is amazon.co.uk/Phi…59E and software Im using to convert is Format Factory 2.60 which will convert to

    MP4, AVI, RMVB, WMV, MKV, MPG, VOB, MOV, SWF

    you have to use the 1st partition for your media e.g the 1st parttion must be fat 32

    Original Poster

    But all my video files and all my backed up files from PC are on the 1st partition.

    When I got the new external drive I partitioned it so that it went J: 500GB ntfs K: 250GB L:250GB

    all my files are on the J: drive, so I can't format the L: drive as FAT32, when I opened the software in the link it looks like it will let me format any of the drives.

    Or do you mean when I hook the external drive to my DVD player it will only look at the first partition the J NTFS one and not even see the L Fat 32 one

    On the site regarding my DVD it says: 1.Make sure it has an external … On the site regarding my DVD it says: 1.Make sure it has an external power connection, it must be powered externally before connecting to the player 2.Drive must be formatted as FAT32 (see formatters below!) 3.FAT32 partition must be primary.



    Or do you mean when I hook the external drive to my DVD player it will … Or do you mean when I hook the external drive to my DVD player it will only look at the first partition the J NTFS one and not even see the L Fat 32 one


    Edited by: "dontasciime" 7th May 2011

    The J: Drive needs to be FAT32

    copy your files from j to the other 2 or try gparted to change logical/ext logical to primary(possible data loss) or just buy another hard drive

    Original Poster

    dontasciime

    copy your files from j to the other 2 or try gparted to change … copy your files from j to the other 2 or try gparted to change logical/ext logical to primary(possible data loss) or just buy another hard drive



    Thanks! didnt see the bit about FAT32 must be Primary. Think Ill just transfer to other 2 drives and partition the J as FAT32

    When I convert, Whats the best to set it at it goes up to 65536 or is it best to have it set at the 4096 as in the initial screenshot.

    32k clusters 32768

    use the hp format tool to format to fat32
    HERE

    Original Poster

    djnaff

    use the hp format tool to format to fat32HERE



    Is this alot beter than the other one

    Original Poster

    dontasciime

    32k clusters 32768



    Thanks.

    So how did it go and what did you use?

    Original Poster

    Mallinersha

    So how did it go and what did you use?



    Ive downloaded from the link you gave earlier. Im currently copying file from J which is the primary to L and M, then hopefully going to convert J using32K clusters as advised above then transfer the files I need back to J.
    Seems slow says approx 1 hours 50 for 80GB at about 12MB/sec
    Edited by: "katymaty" 7th May 2011
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